Kansas Early Learning Standards
This is the third revision of the Kansas Early Learning Standards. Similar to previous revisions, the current work focused on updating the standards based upon new knowledge and research and the need to align the Kansas Early Learning Standards with the K-12 College and Career Ready Standards. As occurred in past years, the early childhood community worked collaboratively and intensively to develop a high quality and useful document that will be helpful to all early childhood professionals. These standards will also support the work of teachers in kindergarten through third grade, clearly showing the continuum of learning from birth through grade three.
As you review this document, it will be clear that this revision is somewhat different from earlier versions. These Kansas Early Learning Standards are structured to align both in content and in format with the K-12 Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. They focus on conceptual knowledge and are moving away from the more familiar skill-based learning-the individual items or standards are now written to describe large concepts that incorporate foundational skills and knowledge. The standards include higher level thinking skills and strategies that children need for success in school and in life.
The 2013 standards maintain the same eight domains in previous years and include the kindergarten level where possible to clearly show the continuum of learning from birth through third grade. The eight domains are:
- Approaches to Learning
- Physical Health and Development
- Social-Emotional Development
- Communication and Literacy
- Social Studies
- Creative Arts
The Kansas experts that completed the 2013 revision of the Standards believe that these Kansas Early Learning Standards provide insight into what children can do at different ages that lead to later learning in the academic and non-academic areas taught in the more formal school settings of elementary and secondary schools.
Please remember: The Kansas Early Learning Standards
|ARE designed to:
||Are NOT designed to:
- Recognize the importance of the early years as learning years.
- Serve as a guide for appropriate curriculum development/selection.
- Serve as a guide for creating quality learning environments and opportunities.
- Serve as a curriculum in an early childhood program or other setting.
- Exclude children from a program, school or activity.
- Serve as an assessment for children, families or programs.
The Kansas Early Learning Standards are to be used to support the learning and development of young children ages birth to kindergarten. They are not an assessment or a curriculum. As noted above, they are not to be used to keep children out of a program. These standards can help educators and home visitors address the needs of the children in their care. The Kansas Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) facilitates the proper implementation of the Kansas Early Learning Standards through the provision of evidence based instruction and behavioral practices in classroom settings. Future plans include reviewing other sections of the 2009 document, making revisions where necessary and adding any new sections that might be necessary to help professionals better implement the Kansas Early Learning Standards.